I seem to say it far too often these days, but where do the days go?!
A couple of weeks ago I sold the very last skein of Daughter of a Shepherd, Hebridean & Zwartbles blend yarn from the 2015 clip, where this whole adventure began. It was an incredible moment that left me running a whole gamut of emotions, but ultimately very proud and and as ever truly grateful for the support shown by everyone.
The journey of the 2016 clip began back in October when me and Mr K delivered the raw fleece to the scourers for it’s big wash.
From there it once again travelled down to Devon for spinning and the first batch of both DK and 4ply weight yarns will land with me today!
It’s another milestone and the anticipation is just as strong as last year. I’m really curious to see how the colour compares to the original batch and as the mill have already reported that the fibre is finer than the previous clip I’m expecting an even softer yarn. I’ll let you know all about it when it lands and once I’ve had chance to work with it which might be a good week or so as next weekend I’ll be exhibiting at the Unravel festival in the Farnham Maltings.
The show opens on Friday 17th February at 11am and runs through to 4pm on Sunday 19th February and you’ll find me on stand 26 up in the Barley Room. You can book advance tickets until midday GMT today or pay on the door if you decide to pop along at last minute and there’s more info about the event over on the Unravel website.
Alongside the new Daughter of a Shepherd wool and a top-up delivery Nature’s Luxury magical Foxen Meets Merino yarn, I’ll have a bundle of other beautiful bits and pieces, including the wonderful FARMERS’ range of creams and balms, plus some new collaborations which I’ll reveal over the next few days.
Our range of Little Toller and Candlestick Press books will be coming to the show and I’m thrilled to welcome a couple more titles to the bookshelves; Shetland Oo self-published by husband and wife partnership, Tom Barr and Kate Davies, is a stunning visual documentation of those working with Shetland wool today. Striking portraits and photography by Tom accompany insightful essays and profiles by Kate of the people working on this fabled island with the fibre from its native sheep.
Also new to the shop is the beautifully presented, hardback reissue of Woolgathering by punk icon, poet and artist Patti Smith is a memoir flitting between vignettes from her childhood, to those from her early twenties, and reflection back on them as she ‘gathers the wool of her memories’. Originally completed in 1992 on Smith’s 45th birthday and published in a slim volume by Hanuman Books, this new edition by Bloomsbury includes additional written content by Smith along with her illustrations and photographs. It is a delightful, insightful and inspiring volume by a hugely-talented woman who is also known to be a keen knitter.
If you can’t make it to Unravel, I’ll be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March, but more about that soon as I’m hoping today marks a return to regular blogging following a really tough few months where I’ve been spread a little thin!
As always I look forward to seeing you at the show – do pop by and say hello as it’s always lovely to put faces to names.